Manufacturers are Becoming Safer With Their Window Treatments

David White

As of December 2018, newly manufactured stock window coverings should not use cords or have short, inaccessible pull cords. Sunburst embraces the announcement, as it comes after conversations between the Window Covering Manufacturers Association and the American National Standards Institute, and encompasses any pre-manufactured window coverings. It should be noted that these standards don’t recall used treatments, but, some people in Miami have used the regulations as an opportunity to choose a safer option.

 
 

Why The New Window Treatment Safety Standards?

In the past few decades, window treatment cords have been included in the Top 5 Hidden Hazards In The Home by the Consumer Product Safety Commission. Children and infants can get tangled up in the cords, leading to injury or strangulation, with one study finding that that there were almost 17,000 window cord injuries over a fifteen-year period. External cord safety products, like cord wraps and wind-ups, attempted to alleviate the hazard, but people did not utilize them as much as anticipated.

 

What Do The New Requirements Cover?

Every stock (ready-made) window covering made for stores or online must now be cord-free or have inaccessible cords. This includes over 80% of all window covering products sold in the United States and Canada. Made-to-order coverings don’t have the same restrictions; however, cords can only hang down to 40% the length of the covering and should default to a tilt rod rather than a tilt cord. These requirements are only on window coverings made after December 19, 2018, and current shades and blinds have not been recalled.


What Are Your Options For Cordless Window Treatments?

With the new standards, consumers are now looking at the entire range of cord-free choices when acquiring or replacing their window treatments. Luckily, there are different products that are cordless, such as:

  • Plantation Shutters: These family-friendly treatments cover the window with sturdy louvers and usually employ a center tilt-rod. Shutters can be seen as the sturdiest window covering option and are manufactured with either natural wood or a faux wood composite that won’t warp, crack, splinter, or chip. There has never been a cord on plantation shutter, so this product has always been considered child-safe.

Shutters in kitchen
  • Barn Door Window Treatments: Instead of raising up and down via a cord or tilt rod, barn door shutters attach to a track above the window frame and slide side to side. You can slide the panels a little to let light through, or open them completely apart for a different look.

Miami barn door shutters
  • Cordless Shades and Blinds: Some window treatments have altered their mechanics so they can use hidden cords that shouldn’t hang loose. Some employ motors, which manipulate coverings by remotes or voice commands. Some shades open and close to their desired height by tugging the bottom bar. These treatments come in different colors, textures, and patterns, and has several semi-translucent fabrics that give you the feel of sheer draperies.

Blue dresser with shades above

Sunburst Can Help You Cut The Cord On Window Treatments

If you’re looking to upgrade from corded window treatments with a better choice, your Miami Sunburst representative is here to help. We have many cordless choices, and we can help you find one that works best for your rooms. Schedule your no cost in-home consultation by calling 305-520-7515 now.